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Periodictable of the Bible January 15, 2013

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YOLO You Only Live Once January 11, 2013

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Many people have seen the letters “YOLO” and wondered what exactly they mean. “YOLO” stands for the phrase “You Only Live Once,” which is a mantra adopted by several celebrities and other young people.


Zac Efron recently debuted his new tattoo with the letters “YOLO” on his hand at the Tokyo premiere of “New Year’s Eve.” Rappers Lil Wayne and Drake made the phrase famous with their songs about living once and living for the moment, though it was the Strokes in 2006 that first used the phrase as a title for their hit “You Only Live Once.”

This is not Efron’s first tattoo, and some have commented that his tattoos deface his body.

“I have never seen or read anything that I want to look at the rest of my life. Why oh why do you need to put anything for life on your body?” asked Notats on Eonline.

Betty Miller has written an article about tattoos for the website Bible.com. In it, she cites Leviticus 19:28, which states “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord” (New International Version).

Miller argues that to permanently ink one’s self is in direct contrast to the teachings of God.

“I know some will have a hard time receiving this teaching because tattooing has now become an accepted practice in our society. However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in God’s eyes,” Miller writes.

“There are many dedicated and sincere Christian people that have tattoos. This article is not to say they do not love the Lord. God cannot only use them, but does use them. We should always examine things by the ‘roots and fruits’ of the thing in question” she added.

Tattooing has become a part of mainstream culture; there are several reality-TV shows dedicated exclusively to tattooing, and in 2011, Mattel designed a Barbie doll with a tattoo. That sparked debate about the message it was sending to young girls who play with the doll.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with the Catholic Church, teaches that believers should not destroy their bodies, which are temples of God. Many Christian, Islamic, and Judaic traditions teach that to get a tattoo is to destroy the bodily temple of God, yet so many people still do get tattoos.

While “You Only Live Once” makes for a good life motto, it is debatable whether it should be a permanent part of the body.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/yolo-meaning-you-only-live-once-72858/#YKPQm3Tg93yf6q4m.99

mind of a vengeful person December 18, 2012

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Historically, there are two schools of thought on revenge. The Bible, in Exodus 21:23, instructs us to “give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot” to punish an offender. But more than 2,000 years later, Martin Luther King Jr., responded, “The old law of ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”

Who’s right? As psychologists explore the mental machinery behind revenge, it turns out both can be, depending on who and where you are. If you’re a power-seeker, revenge can serve to remind others you’re not to be trifled with. If you live in a society where the rule of law is weak, revenge provides a way to keep order.

But revenge comes at a price. Instead of helping you move on with your life, it can leave you dwelling on the situation and remaining unhappy, psychologists’ research finds.

Considering revenge is a very human response to feeling slighted, humans are atrocious at predicting its effects.

The avengers

Social psychologist Ian McKee, PhD, of Adelaide University in Australia, studies what makes a person seek revenge rather than just letting an issue go. In May 2008, he published a paper in Social Justice Research (Vol. 138, No. 2) linking vengeful tendencies primarily with two social attitudes: right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance, and the motivational values that underlie those attitudes.

“People who are more vengeful tend to be those who are motivated by power, by authority and by the desire for status,” he says. “They don’t want to lose face.”

In his study, McKee surveyed 150 university students who answered questions about their attitudes toward revenge, authority and tradition, and group inequality. He found that the students whose answers showed a deference to authority and respect for traditions and social dominance, had the most favorable opinions about revenge and retribution.

Those personalities, McKee says, “tend to be less forgiving, less benevolent and less focused on universal-connectedness-type values.”

There’s also a cultural dimension to people’s predilection for revenge, says revenge researcher Michele Gelfand, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She and her collaborators Garriy Shteynberg and Kibum Kim have found that different events trigger the revenge process in different cultures; American students feel more offended when their rights are violated, whereas Korean students feel more offended when their sense of duty and obligation is threatened, they show in a paper in the January Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. That distinction could fuel intercultural conflicts when one side seeks vengeance for a slight the other didn’t even know it committed. For example, an American might be more likely to seek revenge on someone who impinges on his or her right to voice an opinion, whereas public criticism that embarrasses a Korean in front of his or her friends might be more likely to trigger revenge feelings.

Gelfand has also found that collectivists are more likely than individualists to avenge another’s shame. To collectivists, shame to someone with a shared identity is considered an injury to one’s self, she explains. As a result, she says, “revenge is more contagious in collectivist cultures.”

“You just don’t realize those situations are construed [by the other culture] as very important and self-defining,” Gelfand says.

The emotions that fuel revenge may differ across cultures as well, says Gelfand. In her studies, she has found that anger often drives the vengeful feelings of people in individualistic cultures, while shame powers revenge in collectivist ones.

The revenge paradox

Ask someone why they seek revenge, though, and they’re likely to tell you their goal is catharsis, says Kevin Carlsmith, PhD, a social psychologist at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. But exactly the opposite happens, according to a study he published in the May 2008 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 95, No. 6).

In a series of experiments, he and his colleagues Daniel Gilbert, PhD, at Harvard, and Timothy Wilson, PhD, at the University of Virginia, set up a group investment game with students where if everyone cooperated, everyone would benefit equally. However, if someone refused to invest his or her money, that person would disproportionately benefit at the group’s expense.

Carlsmith planted a secret experimenter in each group and had them convince everyone to invest equally. But when it came time to put up the money, the plants defected. The free riders, as Carlsmith calls them, earned an average of $5.59, while the other players earned around $2.51.

Then Carlsmith offered some groups a way to get back at the free rider: They could spend some of their own earnings to financially punish the group’s defector.

“Virtually everybody was angry over what happened to them,” Carlsmith says, “and everyone given the opportunity [for revenge] took it.”

He then gave the students a survey to measure their feelings after the experiment. He also asked the groups who’d been allowed to punish the free rider to predict how they’d feel if they hadn’t been allowed to, and he asked the non-punishing groups how they thought they’d feel if they had. In the feelings survey, the punishers reported feeling worse than the non-punishers, but predicted they would have felt even worse had they not been given the opportunity to punish. The non-punishers said they thought they would feel better if they’d had that opportunity for revenge—even though the survey identified them as the happier group. In other words, both groups thought revenge would be sweet, but their own reported feelings agreed more with MLK Jr. than with Exodus.

The results suggest that, despite conventional wisdom, people—at least those with Westernized notions of revenge—are bad at predicting their emotional states following revenge, Carlsmith says. The reason revenge may stoke anger’s flames may lie in our ruminations, he says. When we don’t get revenge, we’re able to trivialize the event, he says. We tell ourselves that because we didn’t act on our vengeful feelings, it wasn’t a big deal, so it’s easier to forget it and move on. But when we do get revenge, we can no longer trivialize the situation. Instead, we think about it. A lot.

“Rather than providing closure, it does the opposite: It keeps the wound open and fresh,” he says.

Revenge or justice?

If revenge doesn’t make us feel any better, why do we seek it? Carlsmith describes one evolutionary hypothesis, suggested by German psychologists Ernst Fehr, PhD, and Simon G¨echter, PhD.

“Punishing others in this context—what they call ‘altruistic punishment’—is a way to keep societies working smoothly,” Carlsmith says. “You’re willing to sacrifice your well-being in order to punish someone who misbehaved.”

And to get people to punish altruistically, they have to be fooled into it. Hence, evolution might have wired our minds to think that revenge will make us feel good.

Another possibility might be that certain groups and societies—such as those in largely lawless Somalia or in areas of the Middle East where tribal rule holds more sway than the national government—are more prone to seek revenge because there’s just no other way to obtain justice, says McKee.

“By and large, these types of impulses have arisen and still exist where there’s no recourse to law,” he says.

That can apply to cultures without a functional legal system, he says, or in groups that operate outside the law, like gangs and the Mafia. “They have to rely on their own retaliatory methods,” he says.

Some of these cultures might not even experience the negative emotional backlash Carlsmith found in his study. In her experience, Gelfand says, cultures that place a high value on revenge offer more social support to avengers.

But by looking into what motivates revenge, and by increasing our knowledge about how revenge makes us feel, it might be possible to combine the best aspect of justice and revenge. For example, McKee studies ways that institutional punishment can merge with victim’s wishes to participate in that punishment. Victim impact statements, where victims are allowed to describe their ordeal and offer input on an offender’s sentencing, have become common in U.S., Australian and Finnish courts. That can partially satisfy a victim’s vengeful feelings while also putting the responsibility for punishment on the state, protecting the victim from the rumination trap Carlsmith describes.

“Then victims sort of get the best of both worlds,” McKee says.


Fr: Michael Price

Can you accept the imperfections of yourself and others? December 16, 2012

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Hello my fellow human Beings:

If you have an A-type personality, you may find answering this question in the affirmative a bit challenging.  … Likely, you will have set higher standards for yourself than others and if you don’t reach up to those standards, you’ll feel mighty disappointed, perhaps a bit stressed, and with a heaping spoonful of feelings of failure.

If you found it difficult to answer YES to this question, you are not alone, I can relate.

You see for so much of my younger life I was a perfectionist.  I thought (at the time) that these perfectionist tendencies helped me to strive to be a better person and achieve success.  Yet, when on occasion these standards (or plans) weren’t met I encountered disappointment, stress and feelings of failure.

Oh what was I thinking?!

Was that really the way to live a happy and successful life?

Through life experience and gaining bits of wisdom (much of which from my meditation practice and a deeper understanding of the truths about life and myself), I realized that there is a better way to live, and be happy and successful. … It just takes some patience.

Gary Chapman, ordained Christian minister, marriage counsellor, and best-selling author of the book The Five Love Languages, describes this key characteristic of PATIENCE in his book, Love As A Way Of Life, as follows:

 Patience is accepting the imperfections of others [and ourselves.] …

Patience requires us to see others as we want to be seen ourselves.  People are not machines from which we can expect to get a perfect product. …

Each of us is in the process of change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  If we are conscious of this reality, then we will be more patient toward family members, coworkers, and friends who at the moment may not be making the choices we wish they would make.  If we respect the process, we are more likely to have a positive influence on the outcome.  We do not control other people, but we do influence one another.  Patience creates an atmosphere that makes a positive influence possible. …

As we learn to be patient with others, we also need to be patient with ourselves.  We too are in process, even when it comes to growing in patience. …

When we are patient, we acknowledge to ourselves and others that every failure can be a stepping-stone toward success.

Gary reminds us that by accepting the imperfections of others and ourselves, acknowledging the positive in the situation, and learning from the experience, we can be happy and successful.

I recently had to put this advice into practice when leading a meditation class on PATIENCE. (Ironic, eh? Or was it a personal enlightening moment?)

30 minutes before class started, I discovered that I had forgotten to bring the book from which the class reading was to be taken.  Living more than 15 minutes away from the class location, there was no way I could go home, retrieve the book and return in time for class.

So what was I going to do?

Well, the first thing I did was to stop, be still a while, and just breathe.

This helped me be calm, clear-headed and connected to Source.

That in turn helped me accept my oversight as the current reality, set aside worry, and come up with ideas to resolve the issue, acknowledging that my other detailed class preparations gave me access to alternate resources.

I learned to practice patience right then and there.

Then, with my summary notes, stored memories, an added forgiveness meditation, and great class input, all the pertinent points from the “forgotten” reading were expressed and the patience class was successful.

(What I love most about teaching is that through it I continue to learn.)

So now I can answer the heading question in the affirmative.  YES!

YES I CAN accept the imperfections of myself and others. (Although I’m reminded that I am not perfect and that I am, as we all are, a work in process, even when it comes to growing in patience.)

So perhaps you will join me whenever you are next faced with imperfections, and together we will endeavour to:

  • take the time to PAUSE,
  • be still,
  • connect to Source,
  • accept the imperfections of ourselves and others,
  • recognize the positives in the circumstances,
  • find the learning in the moment,
  • and patiently take the steps toward a happy, successful and abundant life!

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

I have the amazing privilege and overwhelming responsibility of raising three daughters. I’m deliberate in the personal choices I make, knowing I set an example of what a strong, independent woman of integrity looks like.

I don’t always succeed.

As hard as I try to parent gently and with smart guidance, I’m imperfect and sometimes I get it wrong.

All relationships go hand in hand with feelings of regret and disappointment, and a sense we haven’t given our best at some point. Here are a few ways I have learned to parent with grace despite the fact that I am imperfect.


Even if you’re not a parent, you may find these ideas helpful in accepting yourself just as you are—even when you don’t get everything right in relationships.

1. Accept that we are human and humans are messy.

I am most authentic when I am forced to humbly admit I don’t know everything and I sometimes make mistakes. This makes me much more likely to accept the imperfections in others and love them anyway.

It’s easier to be authentic when you take the pressure of perfection off the table—and it’s easier to be compassionate and kind when you understand everyone is messy.

2. Use your weaknesses as strengths.

There is only one “me.” The good, the bad, and the ugly all contribute to my uniqueness. So do past experience, hurts, and mistakes. It’s not enough to simply learn from the past. We also need to look at our choices to understand what we’re made of, and in that way either improve or understand how certain weaknesses can actually be strengths.

I’m not the most structured and organized parent. I realize that many would see this as a tragic weakness.  However, I’ve seized the most beautiful, spontaneous moments with my children by being flexible and open to possibilities.

Once I woke them up in the middle of the night to see a meteor shower and we had hot chocolate afterward. Yes, they were tired for school the next morning. And yes, it is a memory we share of a lovely experience together.

3. Be sure of your direction.

It’s not to say that we can’t make course corrections or change our paths along the way. But certain decisions we make regarding which way we move come from our personal moral compass.

Stay true to who you are and what feels intrinsically right to you. You can’t predict the road the journey will take you, but you control your own feet. Take intentional steps that move you in a direction of staying true to yourself. How you walk might not be perfect, but you can feel confident in where you’re headed.

I will walk alongside my girls on their journey as long as they will let me. I also know I’ll give them a foundation so they can walk strong in the direction they eventually choose, without fear of somehow doing it wrong or not well enough.

4. Learn to laugh at yourself.

Life’s short. When we exert energy to things we cannot control, it only empowers the negative. When you have the choice to laugh or cry, laugh.

I work in a demanding job often with children. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and think that I can’t provide everything they deserve. Once after a particularly challenging shift, a child noticed my hair was crazy and sticking up and laughed. So I did too. It wasn’t a professionally perfect moment, but I’m sure I was my most authentic.

Having flaws, being vulnerable, and most importantly being true to you are cornerstones of being real. Some things I will work on to evolve and become a better person.  Some things are just part of who I am.

Fr: Still Valerie. & Oscar Wilde

God Uses Imperfect People

 It’s true, God does use imperfect people!

Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Samson, Joseph, David, Solomon, Peter, Paul – they were all pretty messed up; yet today, these names are considered amongst the greatest men of all time! Never feel like you are too “nicked up” for God to do something amazing through you; these men were guilty of lying, murder, adultery, narcissism, greed, pride, genocide, and much more – surely if God could use them men, then He is able to use you as well!

It’s Friday, and you’ve had a long week; so, instead of continuing my thoughts into a long, scripture ridden post, enjoy this short video! Please note that it is very corny, which is exactly why I thought it was comical.

SEE ALSO :https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1984/10/out-of-obscurity?lang=eng

Shields Up! November 8, 2012

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by Chris Suitt

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I enjoy the sci-fi genre. I love how the various shows’ creators can imagine what might be possible in the future. One of the devices they’ve dreamed up is a shield for the spaceships. As a ship is about to encounter an uncertain situation or head into battle, the captain barks out, “Shields up!” These shields protect the ship from the coming danger. We have such a shield. It is called the shield of faith – faith in the truths of God’s Word.
You already know that challenges are coming in the new week that awaits you. Jesus said to watch and pray (“Shields up!”) for the events that will attempt to rob you of your peace in the midst of those challenges.
Are your shields at maximum strength through adding specific truths you need to fight off your drugs of choice (i.e. truths to defeat the lie-based messages your enemy uses on you)? Have you put those truths away in your memory so you can defeat the coming attacks? You know from experience that some weeks are harder than others, will this be a particularly hard one? If so, are you ready to go victoriously forward? Be prepared, “Shields up!”
A shield has many uses, but its main purpose is to protect you as you move forward. Don’t be caught with your shield down. Be spiritually ready to go forward in the truths God has given you to be victorious this week.

“Instant Gratification” October 23, 2012

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Patience used to be known as a virtue, but is virtually unheard of in the present-day culture of immediacy. Today’s children don’t even know the meaning of the word. We want everything, and we want it now. Investors expect instant wealth from their financial ventures. Customers expect that they’ll look skinny after spending a week at the health club. Short-term rewards, short-term gain, instant messaging, instant feedback, instant food, instant cures, even instant movie-watching—instant gratification has infected the world faster than AIDS. The Upside? The proliferation of technology and electronic devices—the epitome of instant gratification—revolutionized the transportation industry and transformed time management worldwide. Our ancestors walked, for the most part, rode domesticated animals, or rowed small boats. As civilizations evolved, specialized boats and vessels made their debut and were used for both war and trade. Then, the invention of animal-drawn, wheeled wagons enabled people to traverse land in a relatively short amount of time. Trains and rail networks, steam ships, and the eventual development of diesel-powered ships and submarines followed, with each mode of transportation working faster, cheaper, and better than the previous ones. Mechanized road transport and road networks, aviation and airport networks, spaceflight and space stations—the most modern inventions—have been the harbingers of change on a macro scale, facilitating the efficient transport of both humans and cargo. A trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a distance of 383 miles city center to center, now takes 1.5 hours by airplane, 6 hours by car, 7.5 hours by bus, and 11 hours by train. Compare that to several weeks on horseback in the old days. Channeling the resulting time savings back into the innovation circle has allowed people to travel the earth, explore the solar system and beyond, and expand human knowledge in a vast variety of subject areas. On a personal level, technology and electronic devices enable us to balance a day’s work as efficiently as a circus juggler. The simple touch of a finger enables online shopping, online banking, online bill pay—my personal favorite. Telecommuting is a popular work schedule that many practice, resulting in time and cost savings, as well as reduced stress. The Downside? Consider the impatience users demonstrate with modern technology: they smack down the mouse because they’ve clicked three times and nothing has happened yet; they pound the desk because the web page is taking longer than three seconds to load; they cuss because they clicked a video link and a commercial appeared. Patience is often a selective attribute. For instance, individuals are “cool” with camping overnight in the mall parking lot for the release of an Apple product, but their nostrils flare with exasperation at the long line in the grocery store. Invitees believe it is “fashionable” to arrive late to a party, but their foreheads steam with irritation at a flight delay on the tarmac. Sadly, the post office is suffering because people have switched from snail mail to email, fax, phone, and webcam. Historically speaking, letters, speeches, text books, even the world’s holiest scriptures—were handwritten. Today, the ancient art of handwriting and a host of other ancient traditions are taking a dying form. From the Middle East to Latin America, impatience has strangulated economies and destabilized peace and security. The current global recession is a symptom of instant gratification. Impatience can cripple self-restraint, leading to impulsiveness. Think about the parent who screams in their child’s face, “How many times do I have to tell you to make your bed? When I was your age….” Frequent job changes, multiple marriages and divorce, toxic relationships—are all examples of continued impatience. Impatience encourages reckless living. Instead of using the time savings to enhance their quality of life, many use their time to coddle in debt, negative thinking and substance abuse, filing frivolous lawsuits, and pursuing sense gratification. Road accidents and death from rash and negligent driving—running red lights, cruising past stop signs, speeding, tail gating, drinking and driving, texting and driving—has increased multifold. People’s restlessness has spiked, attention spans have shortened, and the ADD spectrum disorders are on an upward graph. People’s listening skills have plummeted. Many people space out in the middle of a conversation. Others unabashedly turn on the television. Yet others scroll on their BlackBerry or iPod. Instant gratification has extinguished the sheer joy of anticipation. Back in the day, youngsters looked forward to festivals such as Diwali, Eid, and Christmas, because it meant the family got together, new clothes for everyone, and a special banquet. Today, family life has collapsed, new clothes and “things” have become redundant, and people have used food to launch themselves to the realm of obesity and heart disease. People no longer make the time to delight in nature’s wonders: the smell of the first rains, the sight of a hummingbird fluttering around a flower, the sound of waves lapping against the shore, the feel of bare feet on a stretch of green grass. The culture of immediacy is making us increasingly rude, joyless, superficial, anxious, fearful, divisive, aggressive, and impulsive on, both, personal and societal levels. Query Instant gratification has added convenience and free time to your life, but has it also added more meaning and satisfaction to your life? You love the virtual social networks, but do you dread real-life social situations? Instant gratification has the power to step up your heart beat, but does it also have the power to step up your HDL? Instant gratification has enhanced your stature and sense of entitlement, but has it also enriched your sense of worth? Does instant gratification qualify as a virtue? Questions are for you to ask; the answers will come find you. Vipassana meditation teaches the individual to become aware of the mind, body, and emotions—a conscious engagement that decelerates the thought process, helps anchor in the present, fosters a strong sense of awareness, shatters misconceptions, opens up the heart and mind, and helps individuals get in touch with their core so they can live a life that is authentic and filled with joy, stability, and gratitude. Until we meet again…. Read more: http://bayareadesi.com/article/does-instant-gratification-qualify-virtu#ixzz2A71GDw2G

Are Selfish Prayers Answered? October 11, 2012

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There are no specific verses in Scripture that teach that selfish prayers are not answered. Actually, Christians are highly encouraged to pray for what they want – forgiveness, daily food, deliverance from Satan, etc. descendants
These prayers are for things that people want for themselves, so you may say that they are selfish, and you may not. Think of this. A child may be selfish in asking for food and drink, but it is not wrong.

However, if your desires are not pleasing to God, that’s when the prayer might not be answered. James 4:3 tells us, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (NIV)

To ask with wrong motives would be to ask something that is wrong. When your desires are wrong or hurtful, that’s when God does not answer your prayers. For example, if you pray, “Lord, please let this girl break up with her boyfriend, so that we can date.” Or, “Lord, make this person like me.”

Or, “Lord, help me to get a new Ipod for Christmas.” Prayers like those, folks, are selfish prayers. The list could go on and on, but I’m guessing you probably get the idea.

What about those who say that God cannot help them with something? I answer by quoting Scripture. Job 42:2 says, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” God can do anything. It is merely a matter of – are your motives selfish – and – while things get hard at times, do you recognize God in all of the hard times?

I have had people ask me, “Where was God when this trauma was happening in my life, why didn’t he stop it, even when I prayed for his help?” I answered, “You are still here. You still have God on your life. You still have your Christian friends.” The issue was that this person was blaming God for their situation.

So I asked, “Who was it that told you to go to that party? Were your friends Christian? Why were you there? Was it God’s choice, or yours?” The answer was that it was their friend’s party, where they were drunk and high. They had gone because they were invited, Christian though they are.

All of that being said, recognize where God is in a situation. Was it God’s fault you went to that party? Was it God’s fault that they died while driving drunk? Was it God’s fault that they decided to go sky-diving?

We blame God for many things. But understand this: Even in the hard times, God is with you. Jesus himself told us we would face trials and tribulations. Life for Christians is not an easy one, but the pay-off (Heaven) is certainly worth it.

If you live your life for Christ, turn from your ways, repent of your sins, and spread the Truth of God’s Word, he will mold you into a great evangelist, minister, workman, teacher, the like. Give God your all, in everything you do.

So to answer your question, “Are Selfish Prayers Answered,” the answer is: It depends on the motives. Take Care, and God Bless, Folks. Troy Hillman


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When Good Men Do Nothing September 24, 2012

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I.         Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

A.        In the endless battle between good and evil, it is seldom the numbers that determine the outcome of each skirmish.

B.        Many times, the side for the right has beaten overwhelming odds

C.        More often evil wins simply because the good men are not willing to stand up and fight for what they know is right.

II.        When Good Men do Nothing, They Get Nothing Good Done

A.        To be good, one must do good

1.         Luke 6:35 – Do good, expecting nothing in return

2.         Eph 2:10 – We were created to do good works

3.         Tit 2:14 – Christ gave himself to gain a people zealous of good works

B.        The parable of the one talent man

1.         He took what the Lord gave and hid it – Matt 25:18

2.         He was condemned for returning only what his Lord gave – Matt 25:25

3.         He did not do any outright evil. He did not steal the money. Neither did he do anything good with the money. He did nothing. – Matt 25:26

C.        The church at Sardis seemed to be alive, but it was dead – Rev 3:1

D.        Too many churches and Christians do nothing.

1.         They are standing idly by. They are mere spectators, sitting on the sidelines instead of actively participating in the good work.

2.         If good wins, they join in the celebration, though they did nothing to produce the victory.

3.         If evil wins, they complain long and loud, though their own apathy produced the undesirable result.

E.        Learn from the parable of the fig tree – Matt 21:19

1.         What will the great Judge do with those who claim to be good and yet do nothing?

2.         Heed the warning of John, the baptizer – Matt 3:10

3.         Jesus too, gives the same warning – John 15:1-2

III.       When Good Men do Nothing, Evil Triumphs.

A.        Evilness, sin, and sinful men must be opposed. God commands that the good are not to just avoid evil, but to actively oppose it.

1.         Eph 5:11 – Have no fellowship, but reprove them.

2.         Those who do nothing about sin and evil help sin and evil to prevail.

3.         Ezek 3:18 – When one is silent before the evil, we become a partaker with them

B.        Elijah challenged the people to decide between God and the evil of Ahab and Jezebeel, yet the people remained silent – I Kings 18:21

C.        In the parable of the good Samaritan, wicked men had robbed and beaten a man, leaving him half dead. The men who did this were very evil. The priest and the Levite, who passed on the other side (Luke 10:31-32) were willing to let evil triumph by not doing anything. Only the Samaritan stood up for what was right.

D.        In the fight against evil there is no middle ground, no gray area, no neutrality – Matt 12:30.

IV.      When Good Men do Nothing, They are no Longer Good

A.        Too many have the mistaken notion that good is merely the absence of doing wrong.

1.         A person is not good merely because he has done no evil.

2.         A good person is one is actively working for what is good – I Pet 3:11

3.         When we do not do good, we are sinning – James 4:17

B.        Reuben, the eldest of the sons of Israel, knew his brothers’ plot to murder Joseph was wrong.

1.         He started an attempt to rescue Joseph, but while he delayed, his brothers sold Joseph into slavery.

2.         When Reuben found out what had happened, he realized that his inaction helped to bring. Instead of correcting his error, he covered his guilt by agreeing with his brothers to lie about Joseph’s disappearance – Gen 37:29-33

3.         Reuben had good intentions. He was not present when Joseph was sold into slavery, but his inaction and absence made him just as guilty. His guilt haunted him the rest of his life – Gen 42:21-22

C.        Obadiah condemned the Edomites for doing nothing when evil befell their relatives, the Jews – Obad 11

D.        There are Christians today who fail to face the real foe of error and fight the enemy. Instead, they turn inwardly upon their own brethren and brutally attack out of bitterness and hatred.

1.         Well did Paul warn about these spiritual cannibals – Gal 5:15

2.         Some in their envy of others will provoke Christians, taunting them to misstep so they may feel justified – Gal 5:26

3.         While the actions of these Christians are shameful, what about those who stand by and do nothing? If you stand aside and do nothing while your brothers are being slandered, are you any better?

V.        Those who fail to do are sowing dangerous seeds – Gal 6:7

A.        Do not allow evil to triumph by your inaction

B.        Stand up and be counted. Speak up against evil, rebuke evil men and their wicked ways.

Escape Velocity August 29, 2012

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Escape Velocity Of Life


 by Billy & Chris Garrett

The escape velocity of Earth is about 11.2 kilometers per second. This means an object attempting to leave from the surface of the planet and break free of Earth’s gravitational hold needs to leave at this speed. The formula for calculating the escape velocity of a body with mass M that exerts a gravitational force on the object trying to leave it is given by the formula

v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}}Where G is the universal gravitational constant, M is the mass of the body which an object is trying to leave from, and r is the distance from the center of gravity.

I was thinking that if there were an equation for the escape velocity of life, it would look like

v_l = \sqrt{\frac{HS}{d}}Where H is the human gravitational constant (constant around the world because of the innate need for humans to gravitate toward civilization), S is the measure of the societal connection of the average person within a given society (calculated by using the variables of population size, level of infrastructure, etc…), and d is the ‘distance’ of the person in question from the society itself, meaning how embedded he is (calculated by considering the escapee’s total number of personal and professional relationships, his total number of assets and liabilities, etc…) in the society he lives in. The more embedded he is, the smaller the value of d becomes.

You get the point, I hope.

How close are you to being able to drop completely off the grid?…

An Overview

How are you going to get moving? Here is what you need …

  • Multiple Stage Rocket – Try as you might, it is extremely difficult to make any big dream a reality if you try to do everything all in one go. We need a multiple stage plan. Break your big goal into smaller, more attainable stages, while keeping your eye on the target.
  • Booster – Rather than taking a run-up and flapping your arms like mad, get a boost to get you going. Once you have some momentum things look a lot easier.
  • Your Platform – A solid foundation ensures you build something great and robust, rather than topple over and explode at the first sign of resistance.
  • Rocket Fuel – No matter how good your initial boost, you will soon putter out if you don’t have a great supply of rocket fuel.
  • Build a Support Network – Who is your mission control? Have you got a maintenance crew? Or are you trying to do everything yourself?
  • Radar Listening Station – So you are launched … what now? Are you on target? Are you drifting towards the sun and a fiery doom? Better find out …

Gather Your Resources

Before you attempt to launch, gather your resources.

What do you have?

  • Financial resources
  • Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Assets
  • Audience
  • Traffic

Who can you call on?

  • Colleagues
  • Partners
  • Potential Partners
  • Peers
  • Community
  • Contacts

If you work out what you have to support you now it will make it easier later when you really need something or someone. If you find you are missing a lot of elements, gather them before you need them!

Get Ready for Quite a Ride

Achieving escape velocity can be a white knuckle ride into the unknown, but also exciting and fun at times too.

Brace yourself and we will help you along your journey!

If you could banish any one person from your life who would it be? Why? August 13, 2011

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that is not the person but the ideology that becomes of what the person is.

thinks of all the negative , counterproductive , greed that case cause most of the worlds problem

only when we learn to cooperate together for a much higher purpose peace can be accomplish.